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Staff Celebrations

Eckstein Middle School teacher named winner of 2013 Golden Apple Award

Oct. 29, 2013  | Audience: Families, Community, Staff | Contact:Communications | (206) 252-0200

KCTS 9 announced that Kristen Bailey-Fogarty is a winner of the 2013 Annual Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education. Bailey-Fogarty, a reading intervention teacher at Eckstein Middle School, was one of nine educators across the state honored for making a positive difference in Washington state education from early childhood through high school.

The following information regarding Bailey-Fogarty was included in the KCTS 9 news release:

Kristen Bailey-FogartyShe’s passionate about kids in a way that only a true educator can be,” is how former Eckstein principal Kim Whitworth describes Kristin Bailey-Fogarty. Kristin’s passion for helping children succeed is reflected in the transformative learning experience she creates for her sixth- through eighth-graders.


At the start of the 2012-13 school year, Kristin’s students were below grade-level reading standards. Many were responding to years of frustration in school by being disruptive. Kristin engaged the children academically by helping them repair their damaged confidence. Reaching out to colleagues at her school and in the community, she developed ways to involve her students in classroom management.

Honored as capable learners and provided with a challenging curriculum aimed at helping them prepare for success in high school college-prep classes, Kristin’s students gained confidence and became focused and enthusiastic class participants invested in their own success.

Students gained an average of three years in their reading levels, and reading scores reflected improvement far beyond what’s typical. Kristin’s work shows how successful students can be when teachers help them take the reins of their own learning.

Award winners will be honored at 7 p.m., Jan. 17 at a ceremony to be held at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Winners will be profiled by KCTS 9 and receive the Golden Apple trophy and a cash prize. The Golden Apple Awards ceremony will air in primetime on public television stations statewide in February 2014. Complete list of this year's winners.

About the Golden Apple Awards
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The Golden Apple Awards recognize and honor examples of exceptional teaching and educational innovation in Washington State. Since the first Golden Apple Awards in 1992, KCTS 9 has received nominations citing the achievements of more than 3,000 individuals and programs across Washington, leading to the selection of more than 200 outstanding educators and programs. More than 500 people attended a ceremony at Seattle's Intiman Theater to honor last year’s winners, who came from Bellingham, Everson, Lacey, Lakewood, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Seattle, Tacoma, Toppenish, Yakima, Wenatchee, and Woodinville.

About KCTS 9
 KCTS 9 brings quality public television programming to 2.6 million viewers each week in Western and Central Washington State, British Columbia and across Canada. To watch or learn more about any of our programs, visit KCTS9.org.

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